North Park University Nursing School Review
Chicago-based North Park University (NPU) is a four-year liberal arts institution affiliated with the Christian faith. The university is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, and awards bachelors through doctoral degrees and certificates. The university was established by the Evangelical Covenant Church in 1891, and enrolls over 3,000 students each term.
Nursing Degree Programs
North Park University offers comprehensive undergraduate and graduate nursing programs for students. The nursing programs at North Park University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
North Park University Undergraduate Nursing Programs
BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing)
The BSN program at North Park University is an upper division program. Once students have applied and been accepted to North Park University, students must formally apply to the BSN program. Transfer students are also welcome and encouraged to apply. Students who hold a bachelor’s degree in a field other than nursing, but do not hold a nursing license may apply for the program as a transfer student. Students with a bachelor’s degree in a field other than nursing who have an RN license may apply to the RN to BS program.
Admission criteria for the undergraduate nursing program include completion of nursing pre-requisite courses with a minimum grade of “C,” a 2.75 GPA or higher and completion of the TEAS. The TEAS is the Test of Essential Academic Skills which serves as a basic assessment in core subjects. The program is designed to be completed in 2 years, assuming all pre-requisites are met and transfer credits are accepted.
RN to BS (Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science) Degree Completion Program
The RN to BS program is a degree completion program designed for nurses seeking to complete their bachelor’s degree education. The program is ideal for RNs who have completed a diploma or degree program in a field other than nursing or who hold a bachelor’s degree in a field other than nursing. Nurses with demanding schedules will find the flexible course times and location aid in maintaining a balance with personal and professional obligations. The RN to BSN program is a 120 credit hour program.
North Park University Graduate Nursing Programs
Master of Science (MS) with a Major in Nursing Program
Three specialization options are available to nurses pursuing an MSN (Master of Science in Nursing). Students with a minimum 3.3 GPA in their MSN program qualify for scholarship opportunities offered for the program. Students may choose from
MSN Leadership and Management (36 credits, 315 clinical practicum hours)
MSN (FNP) Family Nurse Practitioner (48 credits, 540 clinical practicum hours)
MSN (ANP) Adult Nurse Practitioner (60 credits, 675 clinical practicum hours)
Dual Master’s Degrees
Students in the MSN Leadership and Management Track can choose to earn a dual master’s degree in nursing and one of the following specialties related to healthcare or business:
Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Master of Higher Education Administration (MHEA)
Master of Management (MM)
Master of Human Resource Management (MMHR)
Master of Nonprofit Administration (MNA)
North Park University Nursing Certificate Programs
Post-Master’s Certificate Programs
Nurses with masters degrees may earn a specialization through participating in one of North Park University’s post-master’s certificate options. The post-master’s certificates are offered in the Adult Nurse Practitioner (ANP) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) MSN specialization. Upon completion of the program, nurses will receive a certificate and are eligible to take the nursing certification exam for ANP or FNP depending on their specialization. The ANP course is a 36 credit hour program and requires 540 hours of clinical practice. The FNP specialization is a 48 credit hour program and requires 675 hours of clinical practice.
Certificate in Faith and Health
The Certificate in Faith and Health is an option for nurses would like to maintain a Christian focus in providing health care. The program is 15 credit hours and can be completed online or through weeklong intensive classes.
North Park University
3225 West Foster Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625